Review: Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

My Microsoft Lumia 640 XL review highlights a new smartphone that has a big camera and big screen to match.


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL design


The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL firmly places itself in the phablet division with a screen that measures 5.7 inches. This puts it on a par with phones like the Apple iPhone 6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.


Lumia 640 XL colour range


The resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels delivers plenty of clarity and the ClearBlack technology ensures great readability even when under direct sunlight.The screen is surrounded by a slim band of colour that extends itself down the 9mm thick chassis and onto the back. The colour range includes white, which for me has the most appeal but more colourful options are also available.


Weighing in at 171 grams the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL sits at the heavier end of the scales but that is the pay off for having such a large device and most will think that it is well worth it. The internal memory of 8GB comes with the reassurance of a memory card slot for boosting this and the whole experience is powered by a quad-core processor.


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL camera


The 13 megapixel camera rivals those in the premium phone division and has a 4x digital zoom and the Lumia Refocus app along with the usual photo editing tools. On the flip side there is a 5 megapixel camera with a wide angle lens which is great for making Skype calls or taking group selfies.


Lumia 640 XL smartphone


The Lumia Selfie app enhances and beautifies self portraits automatically while video recording at 1080p is assisted by continuous focus, a video light and video zoom function.


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL features


As a Microsoft phone the Lumia 640 XL runs on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system which includes access to the Windows Phone Store for new app downloads. Should you wish to backup your files online you will find 15GB of free OneDrive Cloud storage and there is another 15GB included for those who activate the camera roll backup feature.


One of the most engaging features is Cortana, the digital assistant. You can ask the assistant to complete all manner of tasks such as setting up reminders that can also be triggered by location as well as time. Cortana can make web searches for you, provide you with real time traffic alerts and you can dictate outgoing messages.


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL set up


4G and Wi-Fi connect you to the internet via the Internet Explorer 11 web browser. You can organise and buy new music tracks with the Xbox Music app or stream music mixes though the MixRadio app. MixRadio also allows you to give music tracks a thumbs up or thumbs down and this information is used to tailor future music mixes to your own personal taste.


Microsoft Office is included with the Lumia 640 XL and comprises of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. GPS is present as well and with free offline maps you can navigate even when an internet connection isn’t available. It is also quite a nice touch that destinations can be pinned to the home screens for destinations that you visit often or simply for quick activation of a route you have planned in advance.


Verdict: The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL has plenty to offer those who are looking for a device with a large screen. So this should be a top pick for those who enjoy playing videos, watch catch-up TV or play graphically intensive games.

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